We are used to seeing upcoming games at E3 conferences. The games coming this year are often playable with demo/beta announcements accompanying them. Teasers for games more than a year out are also expected. But EA is about to lay out a good chunk of their offerings for the next couple years.
A press release reads, “the press conference will showcase some of EA’s most anticipated games launching later this year and next, with a few surprises from games beyond that.”
Let’s break down what we know and speculate on what those “few surprises” are.
What’s coming this year
Those attending the EA Play events in LA and London will get their hands on EA’s biggest games coming this year. That includes Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, FIFA 17, Madden NFL 17 and NHL 17. If there was any doubt Titanfall 2 was coming this year, having it playable this weekend erases it.
It might seem like a bad decision to launch two shooters so close to each other, but Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 are on completely different ends of the shooter spectrum. Battlefield 1 is appealing to the fans who want to slow the action down some from the frenetic shooters of late. Titanfall 2 is building on the first one. It’s smart. Cater to both sides. I know I’ll be picking both up. I was a sucker for Last Titan Standing in the first Titanfall and can’t wait to see what Respawn does with Titanfall 2.
We saw our first glimpse of Battlefield 1 gameplay yesterday. This weekend, we’ll see huge 64-multiplayer matches showing off the battered battlefields of World War 1. I’m still holding out hope for a beta announcement. C’mon on DICE, you know you want to.
The games we know about and those “few surprises”
The hype doesn’t stop with Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. I’m excited to see more on Mass Effect: Andromeda. Remember the E3 2015 trailer?
There’s a lot we don’t know about Mass Effect: Andromeda. As the name suggests, we are saying adios to the Milky Way and heading to Andromeda. BioWare preaches more freedom as one of the key design pillars. “One of our biggest ambitions is to give players an unprecedented level of freedom for a Mass Effect experience – where you’ll go, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll play.”
What we do know is Mass Effect: Andromeda will drop jaws. It’s the first Mass Effect game to use the Frostbite engine. And we all know every game built with that is a looker. Andromeda is expected to ship in early 2017, so look for a healthy amount of gameplay at the EA Play conference.
What about those “few surprises?” My money’s on Star Wars. Damn near every EA studio is working on one. We know Visceral Games have been busy, but their game is still a few years away. As for Motive’s Star Wars game? They’re hard at work an action-focused Star Wars project, but that’s about all we know.
Respawn Entertainment is also working on a Star Wars game. It will be a 3rd person action/adventure according to Game Director Stig Asmussen.
And finally, another Star Wars Battlefront game is on the way. No surprise there given how successful it was – last year’s Battlefront shipped 14 million copies.
EA plans to release one new Star Wars game every year for the next three or four years. With four studios (at least) making Star Wars games, that shouldn’t be too difficult.